The Dong with a Luminous Nose/The Journey

Two operas of isolation and hope.

11 Sep

Full price: £15 Affordable: £5

Produced and presented by Luminose (The Dong With A Luminous Nose) & Jeremy Gill and Marianna Suri (The Journey)

The Dong With A Luminous Nose

Music: John Hawkins
Words: Edward Lear

A magical, tragical tale of love and loss told in poetry, music and mime.

The Dong falls in love with a Jumbly Girl from over the sea. 

After enchanting times together, she leaves him alone by the shore. 

Forever hopeful he waits for her, lit by the lamp he makes of his luminous nose.

Edward Lear is famous for ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’, limericks, quirky drawings and nonsense verse but his humour masked depression and loneliness. As Jenny Uglow says in her biography of Lear ‘… the luminous nose is poetry itself, glimmering in the landscape of a sombre life.’  

Age Rating: All ages, but mostly adults

In a festival of new work, please note that shows can often overrun.

The Journey

Music: Jeremy Gill
Words: Jeremy Gill and Marianna Suri, adapted from a story by Michael Zand

Inspired by the ongoing refugee crisis and composed for the Citizens of the World Choir, The Journey is the story of a Man who decides to escape the confines of his existence and travel in search of a better life. Bringing together an amateur choir of refugees and asylum seekers from all over the world and a multinational group of creatives and professional musicians, this opera is a retelling of the refugee story through the operatic medium. Drawing on diverse traditions, including experimental theatre, operatic singing, and contemporary musical idioms, this is a musical telling of a gripping, uplifting, and universal tale.

This show is a double bill with The Dong with a Luminous Nose.

Age Rating: All ages, mostly adults

In a festival of new work, please note that shows can often overrun.

Sunday 11 September - 7:00pm